Developmental Disabilities Administration Amendment #2 Response

The Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) greatly appreciates the recommendations, concerns and feedback from individuals, families, advocates, partners and providers during the public comment period for Community Pathways Waiver – Amendment #2 2019.

The mission of DDA and the basis of the amendment is to support the full integration of people with disabilities in community settings and activities of their choice and to pilot the new Long-Term Support Services system that starts in December. Based on the helpful feedback received, the DDA has adjusted the amendment’s disability-specific activities language to better reflect the intended purpose of encouraging, supporting and promoting the integration, inclusion and independence of people with developmental disabilities.

The DDA met with the Maryland Association of Community Services, Disability Rights Maryland, Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council, The Arc Maryland and People on the Go to finalize the updated amendment language.

The updated Amendment #2 now states:

Services can be provided in a variety of community settings and activities that promote opportunities for increased independence and inclusion. Through the person-centered planning process, all opportunities should be explored based on the person’s preferences and support his or her desired outcomes and goals. The setting should not have institutional qualities. Considering the person’s overall person-centered plan, activities should not isolate or segregate. If the individual chooses any disability specific classes, activities, events or programs, the choice must be documented in the person-centered plan.

The DDA will not restrict participation in disability-specific activities when other community opportunities have been explored based on the person’s preference and supports and is documented in the person’s plan. The adjusted amendment language makes this clear.